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December 23, 2013 11:28 pm

Sharks GM Wilson unhappy with Kings’ response to Hertl injury

San Jose general manager Doug Wilson met with reporters during the Sharks’ 5-4 shootout win over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday and expressed dismay over Los Angeles’ response in the aftermath of the knee injury suffered by Tomas Hertl in a mid-ice collision with Dustin Brown during the Kings’ 4-1 victory over the Sharks last Thursday.

As reported by Kevin Kurz of

“Having played in this league a long time…when I was a rookie, I was tripped into a net in Hartford by the great Gordie Howe, and injured and carried off the ice,” Wilson said. “He came in between periods all the way around the rink to make sure I was OK. So, my response to the lack of, maybe, concern towards our player, is disappointing.”

“It’s the game of hockey. You play a playoff series, you play hard, guys battle, they fight, people get dinged up. At the end of the series, what do people do? They shake hands. As I said, all I know is Gordie Howe, one of the toughest, most physical guys that ever played, found time to come in and check on me. It’s a part of the game that I think makes our game the game that it is.”

For what it’s worth, the severity of Hertl’s injury was not yet known when Dustin Brown discussed his recollection of the collision. For my own analysis, click here.

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